The Short Story and the Author

As some of you may know, I’m not only a blogger, but I’m an author – Novels, Short Stories, Anthologies, and the occasional collection of pet stories. I also teach classes on Writing the Short Story.

Why Write Short Stories?

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”
― Lorrie Moore

There are a lot of reasons to write short stories. The SS allows the writer to ‘test drive’ an idea. Will the idea sustain an 80K novel? Or is it more suitable for a 7500-word story?

LOVE for the Craft: Authors who wish to write every day for the love of writing find that writing short stories gives them immediate gratification to type ‘THE END.’ In this way, the short story is a great motivator.

FOCUS: With a short story, the writer is forced to focus on the story’s point. Present the Inciting Incident, introduce the characters, and create a solid storyline. This is especially useful to writers that tend to include a lot of backstories. The SS doesn’t allow for too much – they’re limited on how many words they can use.

REPUTATION: How many famous writers started by using the SS as their vehicle? One always comes to my mind – Stephen King. And then there are many others: Edgar Alan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain, and, and. While most of these authors are famous novelists, they started their careers by writing SSs.

If a writer wants to get their name out in several publications – the short story works well.

NEW to WRITING? Newbie writers need to start by writing every day. Another tool is to join an online writing group. Most groups are free to join, and you can post your stories, receive feedback, and read other authors’ writing.

IF YOU HAVE a GREAT STORY – please send it to me at patty@mustangpatty to see if it will fit in an upcoming Anthology. I present three per year. One is the Annual Anthology – which is a mixture of Genres, and features writers of all different levels. There are two others which have theme/genre restrictions.

I read ALL submissions!

Until Next Time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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